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Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council, Newton Abbot Town Council and Devon and Cornwall Police worked together to investigate the viability of ‘Newton Abbot 20’, a community-wide 20 miles per hour (mph) scheme.

A special task group was set up to look at the issue and in 2019 Devon County Council’s Cabinet approved their recommendations to investigate the viability and delivery of a community 20mph speed limit.

A public consultation was held between October and November 2021. The results showed that those who took part in the consultation do not support a community wide scheme. Now that scheme has been withdrawn.

  • 1,489 responses,
  • 77 per cent of respondents supported 20mph limits outside schools, nurseries and pre-schools
  • 21 per cent supported 20mph on the town’s main roads, 79 per cent were opposed.
  • 46 per cent were in favour of 20mph on the town’s residential roads, 54 per cent were against.
  • Of those that responded to the consultation, 84 per cent live or work in Newton Abbot and nine out of ten live or work in Teignbridge.

The public did support speed limits outside schools. Devon County Council will now consider what can be delivered to reflect this. We hope to be able to present our initial ideas in early 2022.